(WMC-TV) - It has been almost a decade since DeSoto County deputies received new guns. Drug money will help fund the purchase as the department gets creative to save taxpayers' money.
For law enforcement, the need for a gun is simple.
"It's a tool you have that you never need to use but when you do need it, it must function," said DeSoto County Chief Deputy Macon Moore.
Moore says it is time for his officers to get an upgrade.
Every deputy is about to get a new firearm, switching from the .40 caliber GLOCK they have been using since 2005 to a 9 millimeter.
"We noticed a significant improvement in our weaker shooters with the 9 millimeter and there is a cost difference in ammunition," Moore said.
It is a plan that may keep you safer and it will not cost taxpayers a dime.
Here is why:
Deputies will trade in their old guns so the tab for roughly 160 new firearms is only $8,000. Seized money from drug deals will pay the rest.
"Those funds are put in a forfeiture account, which can be used for training or purchase of equipment," Moore explained.
Moore said the department noticed some issues during their last firearms qualification that got them thinking about the life left on their service weapons.
"There's a lot of moving parts that wear out eventually or get weak," Moore said. He added that there is no place for weakness in a life or death situation.
The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department estimates it will take three months to issue the guns. All officers will train with the weapons before they are put into service.
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